The Great Plains Bicycling Club is Lincoln, Nebraska's recreational bicycling club. We organize rides in and around Lincoln, promote cycling and bicycle safety, publish a newsletter, and much more. We welcome all recreational riders to join us on our rides and in our other activities.
We want this to be a website that people in Lincoln and Nebraska can rely upon for information about recreational cycling. We want to know of any Nebraska-area rides that aren't in our listings. If you are aware of a recreational ride that is not listed, please contact the webmaster and provide a description and other details.
GPBC Annual Holiday Party
Tuesday 10 December, 6:30 pm
Join the fun at the GPBC Annual Holiday Party at the Southwood Clubhouse, 5000 Tipperary Trail in Lincoln. Dinner will be catered by Tina's Cafe. You are welcome to participate in a light-hearted gift exchange ($10-15 range; no gag gifts please). Cost and RSVP information will follow soon.
2013 Education Report
At the GPBC Annual Meeting, Bob Boyce reported on the club's education activities for 2013. Bob and assistants met one-on-one with 1,774 individuals, mostly children, and gave out a 5-page handout to their parents. Bob would like to thank Lynette Zimmer and Bob and Ann Brown who helped run the club booth at several events, and Mike Heyle of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department, who helped with preparation of materials. The full education report is available as a PDF file.
GPBC Annual Meeting and Dinner
Tuesday 19 November
Club members met recently for the GPBC Annual Meeting and Dinner. We welcomed three new members to the Board of Directors for 2014: Dale Arp, Jason Berlowitz, and David Schmidt. Outgoing board member Dick Draper has promised to continue his volunteer work on our public rides. Donations were presented to Great Plains Trails Network ($500 for the N Street Bikeway and $500 for the Pioneers Park Trail), Mad Dads ($250), and the Lincoln Bike Kitchen ($200). Local singer-songwriter Daniel Christian provided very entertaining music following the dinner.
Lincoln Achieves 1st Place in National Bike Challenge
Congratulations to all of the cyclists in Lincoln who participated in the 2013 National Bike Challenge. Lincoln placed first among class 1 cities (population over 200,000) in this national competition. According to bicyclincoln, 1,117 Lincoln cyclists signed up and in total logged 632,358 miles! The Great Plains Bicycling Club team placed 24th nationally, and Randy Reed finished 4th nationally in individual miles logged. A number of other teams also participated. As Damon Hershey points out, "Finishing first in the nation is more then a feather in our cap. It shows that Lincoln is a bike city. For fun and for transportation we ride our bikes! This Challenge is a tool for us. We can show city planners, council members and the public as a whole that it is worth investing in cycling education and infrastructure."